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Run it Like a Girl

Run it Like a Girl

Author: Bonnie Mouck

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Run it like a girl explores the inspiring stories of women leaders from a variety of fields and industries. You’ll hear energizing tales and career journeys from women who’ve made their marks as leading change-makers in their industries.
73 Episodes
Angela Lilly is an amateur elite triathlete - competing in a grueling sport that involves swimming, running and cycling. She’s also competed in 7 Ironman events over the course of a decade, achieving 7th in her age group and a ranking of the 12th overall amateur woman at the Ironman World Championships in 2007.Angela says she’s had her share of setback, something that is part of the journey for every athlete.  Angela, who is a high school teacher by day, has a husband and two children, known collectively as Team Lilly. On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Angela tells us how she manages to be included in family events, while maintaining her training schedule, and the unique ways she makes sure that she's there for the moments that matter. Angela is currently an ambassador for the MultiSport Canada Triathlon Series, and F2C, a Canadian nutrition company
Stephanie Mitton and Myrrhanda Novak run a podcast called Women Don’t Do That.  They have conversations with ‘women change-makers and risk-takers.'The podcast was formed, on-the-spot, when Stephanie, who lives in Ottawa, flew to Winnipeg to visit her long-time friend, after an unsuccessful attempt at entering federal politics.The goal of ‘Women Don’t Do That’ is to have continued meaningful and authentic conversations.Myrrhanda, who has experienced the loss of a young child, talks about resilience, saying we have to believe in our ability to go through serious life challenges, and to get back up and keep going.Be sure to check out their podcast at www.womendontdothat.comFollow them on Instagram and Twitter
When she was in high school, Rachel Weeks enjoyed English literature, particularly writing.  But she also liked math and science. It was her English teacher who suggested a career like engineering, where she could do both.With a degree in Aerospace Engineering and part way through a masters, Rachel now works as a systems test engineer with United Launch Alliance and she uses a lot of math and science, and she writes a lot  of procedures and steps.Rachel, who grew up in Orlando, remembers watching as rockets would launch from Cape Canaveral, and now she is working on the Mars 2020 project, which involves landing Perseverance Rover on the Martian surface.  On this episode of Run it Like a Girl, Rachel also talks about her role as marketing director at Reinvented Magazine, a non-profit printed publication aimed at women in STEM by women in STEM.Check out these links for more informationReinvented Magazine: Launch Alliance Reinvented Magazine on their social channelsFacebookInstagramTwitter
Welcome to season 3! On this episode Bonnie talks with Samantha Bailey, #1 bestselling  author of WOMAN ON THE EDGE. Samantha's  literary success did not come overnight and the journey was not without its share of rejection and disappointment. In this episode we talk about what it takes to be an author, the importance of being resilient and finding like minded people to help inspire you along the way.On this episode Samantha explains her inspiration for WOMAN ON THE EDGE and the moment the idea hit her….while she stood on a TTC Platform waiting for her train.Samantha M. Bailey#1 bestselling author of WOMAN ON THE EDGE, a psychological thriller out now in ebook, audio, and paperback in Canada and the US with Simon & Schuster Canada; out now in ebook, audio, and paperback in the UK with Headline, and to be translated into seven languages.Like Samantha on FacebookFollow Samantha on TwitterConnect with Samantha on InstagramFind Samantha on BookBubVisit Samantha's website
There’s no two doubts about it; Miriam Micael has a cool job. She’s a project management engineer with the Canadian Space Agency.Miriam has worked on several projects since joining the CSA three years ago, including working as a risk coordinator with Canada’s 1.2-billion dollar RADARSAT Constellation Mission, which launched last June.On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Miriam talks about a new initiative at the Space Agency, the Junior Astronaut initiative where activities revolve around three themes: fitness and nutrition, science and tech, and teamwork and communications.Check out Miriam's bioPlease Note:In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Canadian Space Agency has decided to postpone the Junior Astronaut Camp to summer 2021. Registration will remain open until February 28, 2021. Kids are encouraged to do Junior Astronauts activities at home during the physical distancing period. For more information on the Junior Astronaut Initiative check it out hereFollow the Canadian Space Agency on Social mediaTwitter (EN)Twitter (FR)Facebook (EN)Facebook (FR)Instagram (EN)Instagram (FR)
Following some deep soul searching, and the breakdown of a relationship, Heather Guluk made an impulsive decision to climb a mountain in the Himalayas, despite knowing very little about mountain climbing.Heather says she was challenged both physically and mentally, but, after three gruelling weeks, arrived at the summit.  And that’s where a 10-year career of climbing some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest.There have been some unexpected set-backs over her climbing career. Heather recalls a planned expedition to Mount Makalu (mack-a-loo), the 5th tallest mountain in the world.  After waiting for two months on the mountain, the weather finally forced the cancellation of the expedition to the summit. Another of Heather’s climbs also didn’t work out the way it was planned. Back in April of 2015, Heather was on her way up a mountain in Nepal with her guide, when a massive earthquake violently rolled the ground beneath them. Uninjured, it took a couple of days for the pair to get phone coverage - and that’s when they realized the seriousness of the situation. The Earthquake ended up killing nearly 9000 people, and injuring 25,000.Heather says she may not have met her mountain climbing goals on that expedition, but her time helping locals offered her some of the best lessons of her life.Heather tells us she recently moved to British Columbia to be closer to the mountains and the great outdoors, after convincing her boss in Toronto that she could work just as effectively from home. Because of Covid-19, however, Heather has had little time to explore her new community but has lots of plans once the threat passes.Follow Heather's adventures on Instagram at @heathergeluk
Even a quick glance Nasheen Liu's bio, would tell you that she never backs down from a challenge. At 19, she left her native China to study at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Not only was she living on her own for the very first time in her life, Nasheen had to learn a whole new language.What lay ahead was a move to Canada, where Nasheen was offered a spot in a Germanic Languages Masters Program at the University of Alberta.  The only catch - she had to pass an English as a Second Language test within 6 months in order to qualify.  Nasheen, now fluent in German, knew no English. She passed the test. In 2000 Nasheen entered the tech world, talking her way into a job that was looking for 10 - 15 years of tech marketing experience, she had none.Twenty-years and lots of tech experience later, and Nasheen is Partner & Senior Vice President of CIO program strategy at IT Media Group, a successful company that she helped to form.Check out her company at:
At the age of 30, Misty Shearer re-joined the Canadian Forces; this time as a combat engineer. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Misty was an experienced member of the forces, having spent years as a Military Police Officer before her year-long departure.Misty has won lots of medals, in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Kettlebell competitions, but she says her proudest accomplishment - the first female from the regular ranks to become a combat diver.After leaving the Forces for the second time, Misty went on to become a paramedic in the City of Edmonton...and discovering her true love; Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. Misty, now a Blackbelt, is an instructor at the school she co-owns in Edmonton, and says working with young girls is particularly rewarding.Check out Misty's studio: Brazil 021
Growing up in the Quinte Region of southern Ontario, Erin Bury didn’t really even know what it meant to be an entrepreneur. Erin is now the CEO of Wilful, an online estate planning start-up, based out of Toronto. She was previously Managing Director at a communication firm serving tech. companies and start-ups, and she was a founding editor at a startup publication.Erin says being willing to take risks is a must in order to be a successful entrepreneur, still, she remembers calling her mom for some advice when she made her first jump to a start-up, expecting her mom to advise caution.On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Erin, who was named one of Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30, talks about the importance of taking calculated risks when you're young.And she talks about her side business, a bike wine tour company in Southern Ontario’s Prince Edward County.Creating a will doesn't need to be difficult, and it's one of the most important things you can do. For more information check out Erin's company Willful
Mitzie Hunter would like to be the next premier of the province of Ontario.  And she may well get that chance.  Mitzie is a Liberal member of provincial parliament, representing a Toronto area riding.  She's also one of six candidates vying for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party, which culminates with the party convention in March.Mitzie served in cabinet posts within the government of then-premier, Kathleen Wynne, which included, in 2016, becoming the first person of colour to hold the role of Minister of Education in Ontario.On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Mitzie tells us about her entry into politics through a 2013 by-election.  She talks about some of her past non-profit work with Goodwill, Toronto Community Housing and Civic Action.Mitzie also reminisces about her time as a young Jamaican immigrant, growing up just outside of Toronto.
Joanna Chiu is a senior journalist for the Toronto Star based out of Vancouver......and says there is very little diversity in the leadership of Canadian newsroom, with most decision-makers being white men.Joanna kicked off her reporting career with a newspaper in Hong Kong, before heading into mainland China and working for a couple of major publications from Beijing, where it was important to exercise caution.Now back in Canada and working for the Toronto Star, Joanna believes Canadians are starting to realize the issues around diversity, racism and xenophobia here at home.On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Joanna talks about her career, including an article she wrote last year that resulted in the firing of Canada’s ambassador to China over comments on the Mung Wan zhou case.It should be noted that when this interview was conducted, Joanna was the Vancouver Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star. Shortly after the taping, the newspaper reorganized, dropping the Bureau Chief structure for its regional newsrooms. To learn more about Joanna check out her website: on Twitter: @joannachiu
Sarah Ditmars has combined two of her passions into a career that continues to evolve. Her first love was sports.  Sarah says she played every sport growing up, and recalls when her parents, fed up with her incessant use of the recycling bins as targets, broke down and bought her a basketball net.Sarah’s other love was science, a passion that would direct her down the road of athletic part of her kinesiology studies at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.Following graduation, Sarah was hired as the athletic therapist and trainer for the Trenton Golden Hawks of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Sarah says there were challenges being a woman in a male-dominated field, but they were put to rest quickly….and culminated in 2017 when Sarah was named the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s trainer of the year, the first-ever for a woman.Never afraid of a challenge Sarah has more recently transitioned into a new role, coaching coaches who are looking to break into the online world. You can check out for more information. To check out what other things Sarah is up to you can follow her on Instagram @sarahditmars. 
Happy New Year! As we enter a new decade we look back at some of the remarkable women we featured in 2019. Wishing all of our listeners a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Thank you for listening. 
Eva Wong is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Borrowell. Eva talks about the pros and cons of being a woman in the tech industry. She tells us that not all tech companies have done a great job in creating environments that encourage and welcome diversity, and need to do more. Eva also talks about different leadership styles, pointing out that you don’t have to be a loud extrovert to be an effective leader.Check out Borrowell: www.borrowell.comEva on Twitter: @eva_Toronto
Lana Paton was a fresh Chartered Professional Accountant, working for another firm, when she received a call from a friend over at Price Waterhouse Cooper asking her to join PwC in tax services... That was over 25 years ago. On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Lana, who now sits on PwC’s Canadian leadership team tells us, one thing she’s learned is that you don’t need a fancy title to be a leader.Lana sits on the board of the Make a Wish Foundation, and she was named one of WXN Canada’s 100 most powerful women.  She talks to us about mentorship, something she says is critical to one’s career.
Sherri Stevens took a risk, and it paid off. Her decade long dream of being a flight attendant had fallen flat.  After a couple of years in the industry, Sherri discovered, it was definitely not the profession for her. With no job and no money, Sherri left Toronto to live with her mother in a small apartment in her hometown of Woodstock.Desperate to find work, Sherri, noticed that there was only one staffing service in the small southwestern Ontario city. Sherri started Stevens Resource group, which eventually evolved into an international workforce training and development company, with offices in Canada and the United States.Sherri is a two-time recipient of the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada award, and now she actually owns WXN, an organization that works to advance, develop and recognize professional women in Canada.On this episode of Run It Like a Girl, Sherri tells us, that as her business took off, some lessons were learned the hard way.
Please note: In the episode we talk about Erica being the first woman from the ranks to become a combat diver. Erica was unaware at the time that another woman (Misty Shearer) received her combat diver coin first.  Erica and Misty connected and it was a good news story. We also featured Misty on our podcast! Be sure to check her out. Erica Oliver has been in the Canadian forces for over 20 years and tells us that it wasn’t she who chose the military, but rather the military that chose her. Erica joined the regular forces with the sole goal of becoming a combat diver, which took her six years to accomplish….six years, she says, of being told that there was no way she could do it.  Erica talks about her 4 international deployments including two to Afghanistan, and says the military does an excellent job of preparing its troops for the physical demands of a war zone.  She says the mental demands, however, are almost impossible to prepare for.
Andrea Cook calls herself a career advertising girl, although she graduated from university as an economist, thinking she might want to be a trader. Following an internship, it became clear to Andrea that stock market trading was not in her cards, and she made a sharp turn towards advertising.Andrea is now the president of FCB/Six, an award-winning digital advertising agency, with offices in Toronto, Montreal and New York City. In this episode, she tells us about the gains women have made in the ad industry, despite the fact that it has traditionally been a male-dominated business.
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